Getting Around with Transferable Skills

Life is about going places. Literally. And when you go to new places, one key is how easy it is for you to get around. Some people have an innate sense of directions, others have trouble finding the front door! What do YOU do to get yourself around, either in your current location, and more importantly, new places? Fortunately most major cities use the same type of map system for their rapid transit.

I was just in Berlin last week. Had never been there before, but I got around easily. Why? Most public transit systems work the same way, with color coded maps and trains that list the end station on their signs so you know the direction the train is going in. In that way, it’s easy to be sure you’re going the right way. Even with a sousaphone on your back! (And Berlin I saw all sorts of items, including bikes, on their U-Bahn system – people really use it to get themselves and their stuff around.)

This type of learning or skill is called transferable learning. It’s how we can read a map – all maps work the same – or shop in a grocery store. We know how to do that wherever we are.

What are some advantages to this type of learning? 1) Everything becomes a variation on a theme rather than deciphering something new every time. 2) Language becomes less of a barrier. 3) Familiarity provides greater comfort and 4) You realize you know more than you think.
What other things are like this? Thank about that and see what other skills or knowledge you have that are transferable. And when you do, feel the comfort of knowing this is just a variation on a theme. And even you will then be able to maneuver the U-Bahn with sousaphone in tow!


About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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